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Orpheus Descending and Suddenly Last Summer

Orpheus Descending and Suddenly Last Summer

Tennessee Williams

ISBN: 9780811219396

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Orpheus Descending is a love story, a plea for spiritual and artistic freedom, as well as a portrait of racism and intolerance. When charismatic drifter Valentine Xavier arrives in a Mississippi Delta town with his guitar and snakeskin jacket, he becomes a trigger for hatred and a magnet for three outcast souls: storekeeper Lady Torrance, lewd vagrant Carol Cutrere, and religious visionary Vee Talbot. Suddenly Last Summer, described by its author as a short morality play, has become one of his most notorious works due in no small part to the film version starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift that shocked audiences in 1959. A menacing tale of madness, jealousy, and denial, the horrors in Suddenly Last Summer build to a heart-stopping conclusion. With perceptive new introductions by playwright Martin Sherman he reframes Orpheus Descending in a political context and explores the psychology and sensationalism surrounding Suddenly Last Summer this volume also offers Williams s related essay, The Past, the Present, and the Perhaps, and a chronology of the playwright s life and works.
Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capped by A Streetcar Named Desire, one of the most influential works of modern ... view full profile

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